Odisha state government is planning to develop a satellite township called South City on a 1200-acre land in the south-west corridor of the state capital under a town planning scheme with zero government investment and no land acquisition.
The government has proposed to create the township on 1208.39 acre using land from seven villages. Jagasara will contribute most part of the land with 579.56 acre land. Madanpur (204.42 acre), Kaimatia (73.21 acre) Paikarapur (317.98 acre), Kaimatiapatana (3.04 acre), Bidyadharpur (7.01 acre) and Jagasarapatna (23.17 acre) are the other villages in the plan. The governmenmt already has 94 acre land in the project area.
The government is planning the vertical city with at least a tertiary care hospital, a school of international standard, shopping mall and multiplex and housing for all categories of customers. It would have underground cabling and utility corridors.
“The provision for such partnership exists in the Odisha Development Authorities Act 1982. It is for the first time that we are planning to use it. It is like a self-financing project. Government will only play the role of a facilitator,” housing and urban development secretary Injeti Srinivas told.
As per the plan, all land-owners who own 30 square metre or more land will contribute 40 per cent of their land for common use. They will retain the remaining 60 per cent with them. The state government would use part of the 40 per cent land to create common amenities such as roads, drains, parks and sports infrastructure. It will monetize part of the land by offering it to private parties for commercial exploitation such as opening a multiplex or starting a hospital. Once this happens, cost of the land retained by the owners will appreciate much beyond their 40 per cent contribution.
Srinivas explained that by contributing 40 per cent land, the land owners will reap huge benefits. Price of land in the area will significantly appreciate once there is infrastructure development. The worth of the 60 per cent land would be much more than the total price now, he said. Srinivas said such schemes in Ahmedabad and Vadodara have resulted in benefiting the land owners while ensuring planned urban growth.
“We will consult the Ahmedabad Development Authority, which has already executed such projects successfully,” Srinivas said and added the government would try to replicate more such partnership models.
A private consultancy has already completed topographical survey while Tata Consulting Engineers has made the master plan of development. The government was initially planning to acquire private land which was stayed by the Orissa high court in September, 2011.
Experts feel such partnership model will reduce legal complications of land acquisition and foster inclusive growth. “In the ongoing practices those losing land to public utilities get thrown out of the developed area while those not losing any land get substantial benefits because cost of their properties multiplies by many times. The new model will benefit all,” said director, town planning, P K Patnaik.
Realtors are also optimistic about the government move, but with a word of caution. “Theoretically, it sounds good. The success will depend on how well the government is able to execute it,” said Pradipta Kumar Biswasray, president of Real Estate Developers’ Association of Odisha.